Dear Depression – Joseph Penola

Dear Depression, I need you to know that you are not me. Your incessant insults may make me briefly believe that I am all of the terrible things you tell me, but I now know that I am none of them. I am worthy of love. I am strong. I am handsome. I am enough. [...]

By | 2017-04-11T20:14:49+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Letting go of Pain: My Mental Health Journey – Rowana Abbensetts

Looking back, it’s hard to identify the exact moment when I realized that my thoughts and feelings weren’t normal. Didn’t everyone feel paralyzed with anxiety for no apparent reason or feel the vacant despair of depression for weeks at a time? Like all good journeys, my mental health journey started off with a bang. My [...]

By | 2017-03-27T09:44:23+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety|0 Comments

Shawn Henfling

Fucking Feelings. I've spent most of my life suppressing my emotions. I don't know when it started or why, but it became as much a part of who I am as my shiny bald head, hairy back and biting sarcasm. For as long as I can remember, I've kept the world at bay. I built [...]

By | 2017-03-26T13:42:14+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Categories: Depression|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Sarah M.C.

More than anything, I want to help other people around me. Ever since I was young, I’ve always helped others before helping myself. I was under the impression from a young age that if you gave yourself self-love or self-care that you were selfish. This is unfortunately the conditioning that we receive at a very [...]

By | 2017-03-22T16:40:45+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder|0 Comments

Jesse S. Smith

A Mental Health Autobiography I'm never certain how much of my own experiences are unique to me, and how much of my experiences are universal, shared by everyone: a part of the human condition. Sometimes I think that our feelings are all more or less the same. Sometimes I think it's just me. Sometimes I [...]

By | 2017-03-21T13:49:02+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

I’ll Always Love You, But I Don’t Forgive You – Ryan Ritchie

I believe that, at birth, the bond between us and our parents is the strongest that it'll ever be. It's one of the only raw and unadulterated moments in our lifetime. Where uncertainty doesn't exist: there are no filters switched on that day. Words aren't needed - our eyes tell it all. A gentle smile [...]

By | 2017-03-20T16:27:52+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , |2 Comments

Alpha Males Don’t Talk About Feelings, Right?

For a bizarre fucking reason growing up, I was taught to bottle my feelings so that I could reserve my place in 'real-man' heaven. I always believed that crying was an expression of inner weakness which I needed to contain so I could keep up the appearance of this red-meat eating, lumberjack who was impervious [...]

By | 2017-03-20T16:23:19+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Categories: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

An “Investigation” into a Means of Ending Stigma By Jim Russell

As advocates for mental health and help seeking, we often discover that a great chasm separating us from help is gouged open by fear and shame. Treatments have become more effective, and more people in our community voice their support, yet it seems that too many people who need help slip through the cracks and [...]

By | 2017-03-13T09:20:56+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Brave People, Depression, Uncategorized|0 Comments

John Kaniecki

MORE THAN THE MADNESS My name is John Kaniecki and I suffer from bipolar disorder. Please allow me to present my credentials. I have been hospitalized nine times three of them being committed. I have spent over a year locked away. I even spent a night in jail. When I first started taking the medicine [...]

By | 2017-03-08T11:53:55+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Categories: Bipolar, Dementia, Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments